Mildenhall Town: Current proposals work for us

MILDENHALL Town are one of the six Ridgeons League Premier Division clubs in favour of the proposals put forward by the Football Association.

Martin Tuck, chairman of the west Suffolk club, said he had put aside “slight concerns” regarding the proposals, although he appreciated they do not suit every club.

Tuck said: “Travelling distances are only marginally increased as we sit centrally in the suggested area, with good road links to the Peterborough area and it will be interesting to visit different clubs.

“Initially I had a couple of slight concerns about the proposals. Firstly regarding the increased amount of games to be played as the new league has 24 teams in it, which means six more games per season than the current Eastern Counties League Premier Division set up.

“However, I have been assured that the intention is to bring this down to 22 teams eventually, also with the FA currently undertaking ground inspections of all Step 5 clubs, it will be interesting to see if they all pass.


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“My second concern was regarding which Step 4 league the promoted team would go into. I have been assured that any promoted team will be allocated a Step 4 league purely on the geographical location of that team and not dependent on the location of the league they have been promoted from.

“This is important to Mildenhall Town because our preferred league would be the Ryman Isthmian League due to ease of travel and potential local derbies with Soham, Needham Market and Sudbury.

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“In conclusion, I believe that the majority of people involved with non-league football will agree with the FA that there needs to be a properly structured pyramid to allow ambitious clubs to be promoted through the leagues.

“I appreciate that any restructuring will not suit every club, however from Mildenhall Town’s view point the current proposal works for us.”

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